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Paul Mühsam Family Collection

Identifier: AR 719

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a broad range of Mühsam family documents, mostly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, there are several photographs of Paul Mühsam's ancestors, and an entire folder which attests to Paul's father Marcus's military service, including certificates of recognition for his service during the Franco-Prussian war, correspondence from the front, and information on veteran's organizations. Other materials include a genealogical album dating to the nineteenth century and a photocopy of a permit to build a synagogue in Tecklenburg in 1770. Folder 1 contains a signed autobiographical sketch by Paul Mühsam.


  • 1770-1980


Language of Materials

This collection is in German with some Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Paul Mühsam was born in Brandenburg an der Havel in 1876. Marcus Mühsam was his father, and his mother was a member of the Wallach family. He was a lawyer and notary public in Görlitz between 1905 and 1935 when he emigrated to Palestine. Mühsam was the author of numerous poems, short stories, essays and plays; in particular his theological and philosophical writings won him praise from notables such as Stefan Zweig. He died in Jerusalem in 1960. For a signed autobiographical sketch, see folder 1.


0.25 Linear Feet (6 folders.)


This collection contains a broad range of Mühsam family documents, genealogical materials, and photographs, mostly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Separated Materials

A portrait photograph has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

A photocopy of the poetry album Gedichte von meinem lieben Tage, der lieben Mama gewidmet by Joseph Wallach has been removed. The original is located at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach .

Paul Mühsam 's memoir Ich bin ein Mensch gewesen , (Jerusalem, 1935-1956) call number MM 57 has been cataloged and digitized separately.

Guide to the Paul Mühsam Family Collection, 1770-1980  AR 719
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 07, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States